BY BECKY GINOS
WEST BOUNTIFUL—After multiple proposals for a development at Porter Lane and 1100 West it has finally inched a step forward. The West Bountiful Planning Commission recently approved the current plan and recommended that it go before the City Council to be considered.
“We’ve been working on this for almost a year,” said Michael Brodsky, chairman of Hamlet Homes. “We finally came up with something they seem to be happy with.”
Kinross Estates will be made up of 34 total lots, four will remain with the current property owner, leaving 30 to be developed and sold. “It’s a unique property with power lines and utility easements running through it,” he said. “But it’s in a very desirable area of West Bountiful.”
There was also a diesel oil spill on the property about 20 years ago, said Brodsky. “Tesoro is cleaning it up but we wanted to make sure it was excluded from where we’d be building houses and that it would have no impact on existing lots,” he said. “We did studies ourselves which took longer.”
Because of the unusual problems with the land, the developer asked the city to create it as a Planned Unit Development (PUD). “It was zoned for one acre lots,” said Brodsky. “But it was rezoned to ½ acre lots. We attempted to zone it for 1/4 acre lots but the city thought that was a mistake. The PUD was not to gain additional lots but to give us the flexibility to create meaningful open space and a range of lot sizes for diversity in the development. However, the commission had heartburn over the smaller lots.”
At a previous planning commission meeting, several residents also expressed concern over smaller lot sizes prompting the commissioners to table the issue until Hamlet could make some modifications to the plan.
Ultimately, the current proposal is for 1/2 and 1/3 acre lots. “That’s up to the City Council to decide if that’s in the best interest of West Bountiful,” said Brodsky. “A PUD gives architectural controls over the type of houses built in the neighborhood. And the drainage plan in the development agreement will not only benefit my property but will actually be solving a problem for the city from Legacy drainage. Easement space and oversight of an HOA would not be part of a traditional development (either).”
Hamlet Homes was founded in 1994 and has built more than 3,400 homes in 53 communities. The company has received several awards including the 2015 Green Business Award for Sustainable Business & Design from Utah Business magazine and Utah’s Best of State medal for residential construction, according to company information.
Brodsky is scheduled to come before the city council on Jan. 16, 2018 to seek approval of the new plan and have a public hearing on the matter. “Ultimately it is the city council’s decision.”